What is a Home Care Package? In short a Home Care package is financial assistance from the Federal Government to remain at home as you age. The Home Care Package Programme was formally known as ‘community care’, or sometimes ‘Community Aged Care Package (CACP)’ or ‘Extended Aged Care at Home Package (EACH)’. The Australian government has created the Home Care Packages Programme to help older people to live at home for as long as possible. If you want to stay in your own home as you get older, but need some assistance with things that may improve your health, wellbeing and independence, a Home Care Package may help you.
What is the difference between Home and Community Care (HACC) and Home Care Packages?
Home and Community Care (HACC) is state government funded support that provides basic services to assist people to remain living at home. Home Care Packages are different from HACC in that they provide a coordinated package of services with the assistance of an advisor or case manager.
How do I know whether I need assistance from a Home Care Package or Home and Community Care (HACC)?
You can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 and tell them about your situation and they can advise you on which services are best suited to your needs. They will then refer you either directly to the appropriate service in your area, to an ACAS (Aged Care Assessment Service) for Home Care Packages or the Regional Assessment Service (RAS) for Home and Community Care.
What services are included in a Home Care Package?
The most common types of supports are: assistance with bathing, dressing, mobility, preparing meals, continence management, cleaning, laundry services, gardening, home maintenance, transport to attend medical appointments or social activities, nursing, allied health and therapy services.
You do not need to receive all or any of these supports and there may be other things you may want assistance with. You and your provider will work together to determine what your preferences and needs are. If you need other supports that are not listed here, do not worry. Discuss your needs with your provider and ask them about some creative ways they can support your needs. If your preferred services support your health and wellbeing, your ability to stay at home and be connected with your family and community, and support your independence then your needs should be considered. Make sure the supports you have agreed to are included in your care plan. Providers will do their best to support you within the limits of the resources available from your Home Care Package. The resources are linked to the package level. Each package level has a different amount of funds available to purchase services.
If financial resources are not available, there may be other ways of providing you with the support you need to continue living at home.